Rios de Tinta Ribera del Duero 2018


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2 out of 3 stars "Excellent" ($16): Here’s a gulpable red wine, suitable for washing down steaks, burgers, pizza or salami. I suggest pouring a glass and setting glass and bottle aside for a half-hour to let the flavors unfurl while you sip a rosé and make dinner. According to the label, “Rios de Tinta” translates as rivers of ink, and this wine is, indeed, inky dark. The grape is tinta del pais, a local name for tempranillo. The wine offers meaty aromas and flavors, with a hint of dark berries and tobacco leaf.
-- Dave McIntyre, The Washington Post, 4.30.20.
100% tinta del pais (tempranillo), from vines between 15-20 years old that are tended by traditional, organic methods (though the vineyard is *not* certified organic, if that matters to you). Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and lightly crushed before a 4-day cold soak and 10-12 days fermenting on native yeasts. The wine sees no oak, aging for several months in stainless steel before bottling. This is unadulterated, fresh, vibrant young tempranillo. 14% ABV.